Here at the Wild Ones Institute of Learning Development (WILD Center) there are an enormous amount of plants and flowers all over the prairie and gardens, but did you every stop to think about the possible medicinal use these plants have?
One of the most popular plants you will see at the WILD Center is the Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). The roots and leaves were used by early American Indians for the treatment of earaches and colds. It was also used as a kidney stimulant. Another favorite plant this time of year is the New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae). Its one major use was to drive away snakes from the area and to also treat snake bites. The Aster was also used to help clear peoples complexions.
Wild Ones member Janice Stiefel wrote an article in the Wild Ones Journal for many years covering the many uses of Wild Ones native plants. To purchase a copy of these articles go to the Wild Ones Wild Store.